Richard Coppola is a managing director and head of real estate transactions for the TIAA-CREF organization. Mr. Coppola is responsible for the acquisition of real estate equity investments, disposition of assets, joint venture co-investments, the financings of TIAA-CREF owned and managed real estate and for commercial mortgage investments. He is a member of the senior leadership team for Global Real Estate and is a member of the credit committee responsible for reviewing and approving all mortgage and equity investments for TIAA-CREF. Previously, he was head of real estate finance, responsible for financing equity real estate and commercial mortgage investments. He has also held various leadership roles within the commercial mortgage team including portfolio management, originations, and the national account team. He joined the TIAA-CREF organization in 1984 in the internal audit division.
Mr. Coppola holds a B.B.A. in accounting from Hofstra University, with a CPA designation and an M.B.A. in finance from New York University. He is on the Board of Governors of the Mortgage Bankers Association where he is a member of the Portfolio Lender’s Senior Executive Roundtable, is a Board of Governor of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREFC) and is Chairman of the Board of the Life Mortgage and Real Estate Council. He is a member of ULI and ICSC organizations.